Imelda Papin, Salvador Panelo team up in concert for special children


By Boy Villasanta



Not too many people—except for close friends and associates—know that Salvador Panelo, the President’s legal counsel, can and does love to sing. He had been doing it mostly in private.


But this time, he is embarking on a concert, partnering with Asia’s Sentimental Songstress Imelda Papin because he has a very good reason for going public: To raise funds for a building for special children.


He laments that there is not one dedicated facility for special children in the country and he found this out the hard way.


So when he and Imelda sing tomorrow night at the Teatrino in Greenhills, San Juan City—where he also resides—he is dedicating the concert for such a purpose in memory of his special child, who died early this year.


According to Panelo, he has been egged on by many people to perform in a concert long before but he kept begging off as he only wanted to sing in special gatherings of and for friends. “But when impresario Francis Lumen saw me and talked to me not too long ago, I was convinced to do a concert,” he said.


“I was talking to my wife about the building of a facility for special children because we haven’t got any in the Philippines. But I was thinking it would be hard for me to build one because it would require a lot of money,” he confided.


Doing a concert would be one source of funds, he thought, so some friends and associates who wanted him to do a show started planning and running a production to mount a concert to raise funds for the building of a facility for special children.


Panelo’s partnership with Asia’s Sentimental Songstress Imelda Pain goes beyond singing primarily because they’re both Bicolanos and he’s the legal backbone of her electoral protest in the 2016 polls. 


Sal, as he is addressed endearingly by kith and kin, had a knack for singing even in his youth. He would sing in family parties to the delight of his relatives. Even as he was a student, he would display his musical talent to his classmates and buddies in school.


It wasn’t an easy life for Panelo but his singing lightens up his hard moments. He intimated that he even sold pandesal (a Filipino bun) when he was in high school. “Kaya pala mahusay siyang kumanta dahil sa kasisigaw ng pandesal (That’s why he sings well because of shouting and selling pandesal),” a fellow writer chuckled.

Even after official meetings with clients and friends especially in music bars, Panelo would be requested to sing in public.


If the pianist or the soundman doesn’t have a piece of his choice or a musical accompaniment, he would bring out his CD minus. It would be a night to savor his tunes especially his ‘national anthem,’ George Canseco’s Ikaw.




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